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Stanford Men's Gymnastics: Modi Goes Off, Cardinal Roll On

Another win for the Cardinal

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Stanford Men's gymnastics team continued their success with victories over Ohio State and Cal. Posting a total score of 445.550, which was good enough for Stanford's highest team score since March 8th, 2014 and highest road score since 2012, the Cardinal took to Berkeley with a vengeance last Sunday.

No. 2 ranked Stanford toyed with No. 3 Ohio State and No. 5 Cal Berkeley to a dominant victory. Winning five of six events on the day behind junior Akash Modi's all-around winning performance, this one was not even close.

Beginning on floor, Modi cracked the 16-point barrier for the first time in his career, claiming the individual gold on the event.

Pommel horse was a repeat: Modi won the event with a career-best 15.400, complemented by 5th year senior Brian Knott's 15.100 to lift the Cardinal to its second event win of the day.

Despite junior Taylor Seaton's silver on rings with a career-high of 15.050, it was not enough to topple Ohio State's team score of 73.800, but that served as the only blemish to a spotless competition.

Seaton led the way with a 15.200 on vault, as freshman Grant Breckenridge and junior Gabe Flores anchored the squad each posting a respective 14.700 to help the Cardinal take its third event of the day.

Modi then positioned the spotlight back on him, taking the parallel bar title with a season-best 15.250. Sophomore Ryan Sheppard improved immensely, having his own season-best of 15.000 to help break the season-record for the team on the event: 74.350.

Capping off the night, Modi took home the hardware on high bar as well, with a resounding 15.550, as Stanford bested their previous season totals with a 75.050.

The Cardinal came out of this meet untouched, maintaining their 5-0 undefeated status. They hope to extend that feat back home at the Stanford Open next Saturday, January 30th, at 7pm in the Burnham Pavilion.